QBs Shea Patterson and Kyle Lauletta join new USFL teams
Of them USFL the teams picked up new quarterbacks on waivers Wednesday.
The New Orleans Breakers were one of the teams to do so, picking up Shea Patterson after he was released by the Michigan Panthers.
The New Jersey Generals also made a move, claiming Kyle Lauletta after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Maulers.
Both are looking to bring depth to their new teams – Breakers starter (4-2) Kyle Sloter leads the USFL in passing yards, while the Generals (5-1) have successfully used a system at two QBs made up of De’Andre Johnson and Luis Pérez.
Patterson, a former University of Michigan star, was the first overall pick in the inaugural USFL Draft. Lauletta, who played collegiately at the University of Richmond, was also selected in the first round, No. 7 overall.
(Note: The USFL Draft is set up differently than most other drafts, with each round focusing on a specific position. For example, each team picked a quarterback in round 1, a point defenseman in rounds 2 at 4, etc. You can see the results of the repechage here).
Michigan and Pittsburgh are both tied for last in the North Division at 1-5, but they are just two games behind second-place Philadelphia and a playoff spot.
Patterson has passed for 973 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this season, and has 171 additional yards and two rushing touchdowns. His total of 973 assists ranks third in the league this season.
Shea Patterson dazzles, throws for 306 yards against Bandits
Shea Patterson was on his A game against the Tampa Bay Bandits, as he threw for 306 passing yards and a touchdown for the Michigan Panthers.
With Patterson out and veteran quarterback Paxton Lynch injured, Michigan’s presumptive starter would be Josh Love, a 25-year-old from San Jose State. Love has passed for 440 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions this season.
Lauletta, meanwhile, has rushed for 269 yards this season without a touchdown or interception in four games (two starts).
Vad Lee replaced Lauletta midway through Pittsburgh’s Week 5 game against Houston and led the Maulers to a 21-20 victory, their first of the season. Lee tightened his grip on the starting QB position in Week 6, when he nearly led a comeback against the Breakers.
The Panthers next face New Orleans (4-2) Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on FS1. The Maulers take on undefeated Birmingham (6-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
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